Váci Street - Váci utca, Budapest

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    WALK VACI STREET

    by balhannah Written Mar 25, 2014

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    I guess at some time of your stay in Budapest, you will end up walking Váci street. I found this street one of the busiest, I guess because of all the souvenir shops, fashion shops, bars and cafes that line the street.
    Vaci street, which dates from the 18th century, starts from Vörösmarty Square, where it is pedestrianized and leads to the Great Market Hall near Fõvám térrace.
    Not only does it have many shops, but also many architecturally beautiful buildings from the 19th & 20th centuries, and the Little Boy fountain, Fisher Girl Fountain at Kristóf Square and the Greek god Hermes.

    People were standing outside their shops, trying to drive in customers. One such lady was dressed in traditional clothing, so I asked if I could take her photo - she said yes and actually didn't want any money!

    FOR ALL DOLL COLLECTORS, you can rest assured, Budapest has heaps of shops that sell Hungarian dolls in all types of traditional clothing.
    There are so many beautiful ones, it will be hard to make up your mind!

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    Vaci utca

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012

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    Vaci street is the most popular street because it’s located in the city center and it’s full of stores (cheap of expensive clothes), outdoor café and restaurants and of course lots of exchange offices so the tourists to be able to give away their precious dollars or whatever :) This is also the place where you will find lots of tacky souvenirs. Actually the south part of the street is open to cars but the north part is fully pedestrianized so more appealing for strolling. Most buildings here date back from mid 19th or early 20th century but the modern cloth stores spoil the picture.

    For me it was just a boring tourist area that we passed by once and then tried to avoid. Use common sense at night and avoid girls that will ask you to go inside a bar for a drink, during the day just take care of pickpockets and check the menu before you order anything as the prices are a bit more expensive here. So, we just walk through from one side to the other, we took some pictures of some nice corners (sculptures, flowers, some nice buildings) and got away…

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    Shopping for souvenirs on Vaci street

    by Jefie Updated Nov 11, 2012

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    This pedestrian street is one of Budapest's most popular tourist spots. Most of the buildings on Vaci utca date back to the 19th century, and are now home to countless souvenir shops, restaurants and chain stores. The street stretches between Fovam Square and MIhaly Vorosmarty Square, basically covering the distance between the Independence Bridge and Erzebet Bridge. I found most of the restaurants on the street to be rather unappealing, but I did enjoy walking in the area,looking at the architecture and soaking inn the atmosphere, which gets livelier as you get closer to Vorosmarty Square.

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    Vaci Street

    by hungariangirl896 Written Aug 26, 2012

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    Vaci street is a nice pedestrian only area in the downtown of Budapest. Unfortunately it can be a bit touristy and expensive, but it is possible to find some really nice shops here. Most of the building on this street are about a century old, but there are some more modern shopping places and banks here too. Some noteworthy buildings on Vaci utca include Thonet House, Pest Theatre, and Philantia. Vaci utca's "starting point" is Vorosmarty Square and ends at the Great Market Hall. There are many good restaurants on this street serving Hungarian and other cuisines as well as the Hard Rock Cafe. You can also buy many Hungarian souvenirs and wines here. This is a nice place to come if you would like to buy a souvenir or walk around, but if you would like to eat something, look at the menus first to make sure you're not being overcharged.

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    Vaci street

    by Raimix Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    From the first look it is lively pedestrian Street with different styles of buildings, lot of coffees, bars, souvenir shops. I liked it much!

    Street starts from Budapest central market (should be visited too) and ends in Vorosmarty square.

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    Main shopping drag

    by mikey_e Written Jan 17, 2009

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    Váci utca is one of those places that you must visit if you come to Budapest, but that you feel like you would have been better off avoiding. It is the “main shopping street” of the city, or so all the guides will tell you. Somehow I would imagine the residents of Budapest would prefer to think of Andrássy út and its Louis Vuitton and Channel stores as being the main commercial district of the city. Nevertheless, this is where all tourists end up, and my suggestion is to plan to eat somewhere before or after your visit to the street, so that you don’t get tempted to stop in at a tourist trap restaurant on Váci. There are, nevertheless, plenty of interesting little shops here, especially the bookshops, so if you feel like taking an hour or two to window shop somewhere you’ll see things you won’t be able to see anywhere else, Váci may be a good idea.

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    Vaci Utca

    by traveloturc Updated May 19, 2008

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    Before Mac Donalds and Gucci it was libraries and antiquaries in this lovely pedestral street.Nice open cafes ( in the summer time) nice restaurants ,night life ,money changers
    meeting point for citizens .In my last visit I notices that the street has lost his charm and his unique position in the city . Maybe I am a little old but I remember the good old days of the street.

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    Vaci utca

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    Vaci utca is a famous street in Budapest. Parts of Vaci utca are pedastrian only and where you will find many shops, cafes, restaurants.

    I enjoyed my stroll throught this street stopping at the many littel quaint shops, cafes for some delicious dessert and some serious shopping.

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    Stroll Vaci utca and the surrounding area

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 17, 2007

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    Budapest's main shopping area stretches the length of Vaci utca as well as numerous surrounding streets. This area is off limits for cars, so is a nice place to wander and look at the stores, restaurants, cafes, and other places. The southern end of Vaci is marked by the massive Market Hall which is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat or just continue to people watch!

    This area is served by numerous subway stops including Deak Ter, Vorosmarty Ter, and Ferenciek Ter.

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    Touristic street of Budapest

    by muratkorman Written Oct 11, 2007

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    Vaci street is very popular among tourists. There are lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and bars along this street. In fact, locals of Budapest don't visit Vaci street as much as tourists. It is closed to traffic and this gives you the chance to walk around and look at the shop windows. As it is very touristic, you may find the prices a little more expensive than average.

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    VACI UTCA

    by miman Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    In the heart of the old center of Pest and located parallel to the river, Vaci utca is certainly the most lively and elegant street in Budapest, along which the most exclusive shops, department stores and cafe's in the city are located. Anyone who loves shopping will rank a visit to Vaci Utca as among their favorite Budapest experiences. The street starts from Vörösmarty Square, where it is pedestrianised and leads to the Great Market Hall (Nagycsamok) at Fövám Tér. The street known as Vaci was formed in the 18th century, though most of the lovely architecture that visitors will find as they make their way down this popular street is from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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    The most commercial road

    by metallemon Written Dec 12, 2006

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    It’s the most popular road in Budapest, full of shops, restaurants and cafes. It’s a beautiful road with old buildings.
    Of course it’s a tourist place where you could find every souvenir you want. Every restaurant has a tourist menu, in quite good prices I think, so I suggest you to sit there if you want to try traditional food without searching traditional restaurants.
    My recommendation: If you want to buy souvenir go to Central Market. There souvenirs are cheaper and the variety is the same. There are also places to eat.

    But choose Vaci ut if you want to exchange money. The value is better than stations for example.

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    Vaci Over-rated

    by MLW20 Written Sep 14, 2006

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    Vaci Utca has some nice stores but it is definitely nothing to talk about. We did a quick walk down the street to get to the Great Market Hall. We stopped in maybe 2 stores for a few minutes.

    Don't plan much time around visiting the street.

    We heard that all cafes and restaurants are also way over-priced here.

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    Vaci Utca

    by DPando Written Apr 6, 2006

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    This is a pic from the coffe shop terrace where we use to breakfast when i stay there !!
    its just in the first corner walking down from Vorosmarty sq...in Vaci you can see some trendy shops but thats not so glamorous as the guides use to talk about it !!

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    Vaci utca

    by MalenaN Written Mar 24, 2006

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    Vaci utca is a pedestrian road in central Pest, lined with shops selling clothes, shoes and souvenirs. You will find cheaper shops like H&M and Marks and Spencer, but also several much more expensive shops. There are also a few cafes and restaurants. Vaci utca ends at the large square Vorosmartyr ter (where Gerbeaud is). I can imagine that this is a palace that is full of people in summer days and evenings.

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